Media freedom and independence: The European judicial approach in fourteen countries

Sunday 1 July 2012 by Pierre-François Docquir , Bart Van Besien

What role do the European courts have in shaping media policies? To answer this question one needs to analyse existing case law thoroughly, evaluate the interaction between the European and domestic courts and probe the implementation and execution of the European courts’ judgments within national legal systems. This comparative report thus examines the interaction and interrelatedness of three different, but connected, legal and judicial spheres with regard to media freedom and independence. These are the adjudications of the Council of Europe’s European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the adjudications of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the legal and judicial systems of the 14 Mediadem countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Authors: Bart van Besien, Pierre-François Docquir, Sebastian Müller, Christoph Gusy

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